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Sampaoli's former assistant Beccacece takes over at lowly Elche


Sebastian Beccacece will coach Elche as they attempt to avoid relegation from La Liga, the Spanish strugglers announced on Tuesday. 

The 42-year-old Argentine was sacked earlier in the day by Sevilla, where he was assistant to Jorge Sampaoli, who was also shown the door.

Beccacece takes over at Elche from Pablo Machin, who was axed on Monday after a 2-0 defeat at Real Sociedad left the team 14 points from safety.

"The Argentine coach assumes the reins of Los Franjiverdes first team until the end of the 2023-2024 season," Elche said in a statement.

The appointment is Beccacece's first frontline coaching job in Europe, having cut his teeth in Chile and Argentina.

He is Elche's fourth coach so far this season after Machin, Francisco Rodriguez, and Jorge Almiron.

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